(out of 5)

One of the greatest films of all time and Hitchcock’s masterpiece. This impeccably shot, edited, costumed, scored, written and directed thriller about near-necrophiliac obsession features one of ‘s most powerful performances and ‘s finest onscreen achievement. Stewart plays a private detective who gives up his job after a near-fatal fall leaves him with a terrible fear of heights. When a personal friend () asks him for one last favour before completely retiring, Stewart finds that he just can’t say no: Helmore asks him to follow his wife (Novak) around town and investigate her behaviour. He believes she is possessed by the ghost of a mysterious ancestor who committed suicide many years before, and now fears that she might do the same thing to herself. Stewart takes on the job, having no idea that observing the woman will soon come to interacting with her, followed by his being completely infatuated with her to the point of possible danger to himself. Among the most psychologically complex of the master director’s works, and certainly the most widely discussed by film scholars, the film was recently restored to its original glory by the team of Harris and Katz, who also did the same service recently to Lawrence of Arabia and My Fair Lady.

USA, 1958

Directed by

Screenplay by , based on the novel D’Entre Les Morts by

Cinematography by

Produced by Alfred Hitchcock

Music by

Production Design by ,

Costume Design by

Film Editing by

Cast Tags:  , , , , , , ,

Academy Award Nominations
Best Art Direction (art direction: Hal Pereira, Henry Bumstead; set decoration: Sam Comer, Frank McKelvy)
Best Sound (Paramount Studio Sound Department, George Dutton, sound director)

Directors Guild Award Nomination
Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Motion Pictures (Alfred Hitchcock)



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